With over a decade of experience, Shirin worked at MAC Cosmetics for 4 years, including several years at their charming store in Brooklyn, NY. While in New York, Shirin also did contract work, weddings, and special events. Working in both New York City and Washington, D.C., Shirin is known in the industry for creating clean and flawless beauty. Shirin has also been a part of countless brides’ special days and has been showered with thank you notes and referrals from satisfied clients. Shirin puts her clients instantly at ease by making them feel comfortable, respected and most importantly, looking and feeling their absolute best!
Shirin's passion for makeup started at a very early age. As a child, Shirin fell in love with beauty, always admiring her mother while she applied her makeup. While Shirin wasn't allowed to wear makeup at such a young age, she explored many other creative outlets that have helped shape her into the makeup artist that she is today.
Shirin's creative interests and talents progressed and led her to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received a Fine Arts Degree in painting and printmaking. Shirin's background in art allows her to apply advanced skills in highlighting, contouring and color theory. Her artistic background provides her with a unique style and approach. She’s able to combine classic techniques with a modern and cosmopolitan touch.
Poneh’s love for makeup came at an early age. With her sister Shirin, they would admire watching their mom beautifully transform into a more glamorous version of herself. Poneh’s education took her to Virginia commonwealth university where she studied elementary education. She then received her masters in education at George Mason University.
Over the years, Poneh frequently shadowed and assisted Shirin’s weddings. In addition, Poneh has taken several of her own clients and weddings. As Makeup By Shirin expanded, It only made sense for Poneh to join the team. Poneh’s clients have described her as "attentive, professional, and warm".
Brittany has been a close friend and client of Shirin for over 10 years, when they met at a MAC counter in Dulles, VA. With a mutual appreciation for beauty & makeup, Brittany and Shirin have been collaborating on different looks, events and photoshoots (including her wedding in June 2017) for the past 5 years. In 2016, Brittany began shadowing Shirin during weddings and taking regular lessons to improve her own skills & portfolio. Since then, Brittany has decided to launch her beauty career as Makeup by Shirin’s very first new artist!
Brittany lives in Ashburn, VA with her husband, Jake, and fur baby, Stella. Full time, she works as a Business Development Executive for a consulting company and enjoys the fun outlet that makeup provides! She enjoys a warm sunny day, shopping, exercising & making people feel like the best version of them self.
Brittany is currently booking small wedding parties & event makeup through 2018. She specializes in natural & full glam looks and loves lashes & highlighter.